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10 Best Side Dishes for Meatloaf

Plays well with others.

Meatloaf wins us over time and again — and not just because it’s a classic comfort food. We consider meatloaf the ultimate team player. One, it’s unfussy. Two, it goes with a lot of side dishes. Three, you can totally plan a dinner around the sides and then decide to whip up a meatloaf (or defrost one if you've really planned ahead). Here are 10 favorite side dishes, which happen to round out hearty meatloaf very well.

The Best Mashed Potatoes
Pictured: The Best Mashed Potatoes | Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

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1. The Best Mashed Potatoes

Butter, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and garlic amp up the flavor of these creamy mashed potatoes. Recipe creator Christina C notes you can make it the day before, sprinkle with extra Parmesan and butter, and reheat in the oven.

2. Italian Peas

This recipe should be the reason you keep peas in the freezer. "Wow, I was surprised at how good this simple recipe turned out," says GodivaGirl. "My family has never been a fan of peas, so I was looking for a way to make them taste a little different. This recipe was it."

Italian Peas
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3. Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Serve this rich and creamy mac and cheese with meatloaf for a meal that seriously satisfies.

Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese
Photo by Chefbound

4. Quick Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Bacon crumbles gives Brussels sprouts an edge, even when up against meatloaf.

Quick Brussels and Bacon
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5. Roasted Parmesan-Garlic Carrots

Choose these starchy, savory carrots over French fries, and no one will complain. "One of my guests said the carrots were 'off the chain!' The flavor was amazing," says recipe creator Pamela J Hagen-French.

Roasted Parmesan-Garlic Carrots
Photo by Rock_lobster

6. Easy Roasted Broccoli

You can serve this healthy, top-rated broccoli as is, or follow the lead of reviewers who've added Parmesan, garlic, and red pepper flakes for a flavor boost.

Easy Roasted Broccoli
Photo by France C

7. Instant Pot(R) Garlic Roasted Melting Potatoes

"Try these absolutely crispy, creamy, and garlic-infused melting potatoes for a quick and easy weeknight side dish," says recipe creator Fioa.

Instant Pot(R) Garlic Roasted Melting Potatoes
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

8. Twice Baked Cauliflower with Bacon

Reviewers call this cheesy dish a suitable sub for mashed potatoes — even kids approve.

Twice Baked Cauliflower with Bacon
Photo by bd.weld

9. Fast and Easy Creamed Spinach

"I loved this creamed spinach. Most of all my kids ate it all up. I will be making this again." — Patty Per

10. Slow-Cooked Green Beans

These green beans produce a lot of juice, much to the advantage of the meatloaf it's sharing a plate with.

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